Quirkiest tea-rooms in the UK

Days out, Food and Drink


'Yes, that's it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it's always tea time.’

Afternoon tea is a quintessential classic lunch time dish in English culture. A delectable treat exuding sophistication and facing increasing popularity, once a staple part of the traditional English person’s diet, it's now a fashionable three-tiered craze, consisting of cream laden jam scones, delicate finger sandwiches, delicious cakes and tea served in vintage china cups.

The UK is bursting with the prettiest and quirkiest of tea-rooms - no matter how jam-packed your holiday calendar is there is always space for tea and cake! We give you our top five quirky tea rooms in which to enjoy your scrumptious cream tea.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

The most unique experience is to be had at this perfectly themed Alice in Wonderland tearoom, located right in the centre of Bath. What better way to enjoy your favourite tea time treat than whilst being surrounded by huge tea cups, teapots, clocks of all different shapes and sizes and vintage Alice-themed decor? The tables and chairs are beautifully designed to replicate playing cards and the high tea stands have a small card attached reading ‘eat me’ – the most recognised quote from Lewis Carroll’s classic. It will most certainly transport you back to your childhood. The food definitely isn’t lacking in quality either, serving up large homemade scones, a wide variety of lunches and other sweet treats you will leave pleasantly satisfied.

Tea on the Green

This quirky shabby chic style tea room situated in the sunny sea-side town of Westward Ho! is a must visit when staying in the area. Styled on 50’s glamour with beautiful attention to detail, such as polka dot tea pots and Elvis Presley place mats, you really do get that old fashioned charm upon visiting and it will leave you overflowing with nostalgia.

The food definitely does not disappoint, with all the childhood classics you would expect such as a three layer Victoria sandwich or the traditional cream tea. They are all aptly named after famous movie stars - The Hepburn, The Grant, The Taylor - and along with their classic door-stop sandwich, a delicious treat is awaiting you whatever you choose off the menu! The décor is perfectly styled with shabby chic style trinkets and accessories on every wall; the bathroom is even more intriguing with vintage posters, stamps and postcards spread throughout.

Where The Monkey Sleeps

An alternative visit is most definitely awaiting you at Where the Monkey Sleeps, located in the beautiful city of Glasgow. Set worlds apart from many of the quaint tea rooms serving tea and scones on delicate china, at this rock/punk styled café you will be delighted with a different but exciting experience. Plush maroon leather sofas and armchairs surround dark wood coffee tables and the walls are splashed with images of iconic punk stars and imagery, classic cars and album covers, making for an extremely stylish and rustic interior.

The food certainly lives up to the hype, with a delicious array of lunches and treats, with a great balance between traditional dishes and the more quirky ones. Why not opt for an Oreo Speedwagon, Firewalker Panini or an Uncle Frank bagel? These intriguing names give you an insight into how the rest of the menu reads!

Abbey Tea Rooms

If you are seeking out a quirky eating venue, then Abbey Tearooms, nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, is a must-visit. It really is somewhere special, packed to the brim with vintage and retro artefacts and old memorabilia dating back to WW2, allowing you to step back in time on a trip down memory lane. This charming little tea room serves up all the traditional dishes you would expect to find in a tea room as twee as this one, from homemade scones smothered in cream and jam to a typical English ploughman’s platter. Everything is served up in huge quantities and is of great quality.

The entrance to the café is easily noticeable due to the suit of armour guarding the door, along with rows of Union Jack bunting and retro tea and cake adverts. This décor follows on through to the inside with every detail thought of (think baked bean can vases!) - you will want to come back again and again.

Dolly’s Tea Room and Wine Bar

Set in the delightful sea-side town of Falmouth, this beautiful tea room transforms into a delectable wine bar in the evening. The entrance consists of an understated turquoise door bedecked with a gold knocker, in between two white pillars. Don’t let the first impression fool you - a few stairs later and you will find yourself in a haven of vintage loveliness, complete with a retro record player, piano, reclaimed tables clad with clashing ditsy print table cloths and a stack of glossy magazines for you to browse during your visit.

This Georgian tea room has a unique and relaxed atmosphere, which serves everything from exotic teas to cream teas, homemade cakes, tapas, wines and cocktails, which are served in themed teapots and poured into vintage cups with ice cubes in sugar bowls. When night time comes around some spectacular events and themed evenings are often hosted - past examples include a Moulin Rouge Cabaret Night and a Blitz Night, so be sure to take advantage of these when you are in the area!

Posted by Hayley on 29th June 2017